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Carpi, Italy Study Abroad for Education Majors

May 20, 2014

May 8 – June 4, 2015

General Information

In order to foster pre-service teachers’ multicultural and global awareness and to help them acquire the knowledge, skills and disposition to implement culturally responsive teaching, we offer a 4-week summer study abroad in Carpi, Italy.

This first-hand experience helps pre-service teachers to appreciate issues encountered by many school-aged students, a population that is becoming more culturally and linguistically diverse. For example, 47% of students in pre-kindergarten through secondary school are considered members of a racial/ethnic minority group (U.S. DOE & NCES, 2013) and approximately one of every five school-aged students speaks a language other than English at home (U.S. DOE & NCES, 2007).

Once accepted into the study abroad program, each pre-service teacher is placed with an Italian host family. It is through this experience that they develop an understanding of the Italian culture, as well as develop a greater understanding of their own culture.

Further, this study abroad program is field based and each participant works mornings (8:00 am – 1:00 pm) in a prekindergarten to middle school classroom. The pre-service teachers observe and work in an Italian class to the best of their abilities, given the language differences, and they teach several English lessons throughout the program. Some afternoons are spent visiting other schools and cultural sites, and there is also time to spend with host families or exploring Carpi.

Finally, as a group, the participants travel to Florence one weekend and Venice another weekend, and there is much free time for independent exploration during these weekends. While there is some, but limited independent travel to nearby cities such as Bologna, Mantova, Modena, and Verona, independent travel after the conclusion of the program is encouraged.

Did you Know...?

  • This will be the 15th year we have taken pre-service teachers to Carpi, Italy.
  • Over 345 preservice teaches have participated in this study abroad program.
  • Pre-service teachers from KU, Clemson University, University of Missouri, Old Dominion University, College of Charleston, Winthrop University, Ohio State University, Pittsburgh State, University of North Carolina, and the University of Georgia have participated in this study abroad program.


Barbara A. Bradley, Ph.D.
Reading Education

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